On October 11, IS claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed at least six people in Qamishli.
There was no immediate claim for the bombings, but they occurred shortly after the Daesh group said it was responsible for killing a priest on the same day from the same city. Daesh-linked Aamaq news agency posted a copy of the priest's identity card with his photo and name on it.
Christians made up about 10% of Syria's pre-war population of 23 million, who co-existed with the Muslim majority and enjoyed freedom of worship under Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.
Qamishli has revived as a hotspot after the United States abruptly retracted its troops from the northeastern border of Syria ahead of the Turkish military offensive. Qamishli is located in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in Syria. The area recently rekindled as a hotspot after US President Donald Trump abruptly withdrew American troops last month.
Turkey views the Kurdish fighters in Syria, who also fought alongside the American troops to eliminate the extremist group IS, as "terrorists" due to their connections with the Kurdistan Workers Party.
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On Sunday, eight people were killed in a bomb blast to the southeast of the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, which Turkey captured in its military offensive last month.
On October 9, Turkish military forces and Ankara-backed militants launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion of northeastern Syria in a declared attempt to push militants of the People's Protection Units (YPG) from border areas.
In a separate incident on November 2, a similar auto bomb attack killed 13 people in another border town captured by Turkish troops.
Turkish and Russian troops began their fourth joint ground patrol in northern Syria as part of an agreed-upon deal, according to Turkey's National Defense Ministry on November 11.
The ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish fighters for the attack, accusing them of "massacring innocent civilians".